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Vehicle Information: Year: 1980; Body Type: Targa;

I have recently replaced the stock catalytic converter and muffler on my 1980 SC with high-flow, aftermarket products. The fit to the factory heat exchanger and cross over pipe was very clean and the car runs great, but the cat did not have an upper mounting arm for the heat shield mounted to the exhaust system.I have attached the heat shield to the bottom mounts and it is reasonably stable, but I wanted to know whether it was a problem to leave the heat shield off altogether. Without the heat shield on, there appears to be 4 to 6 inches of clearance between the cat and the driver side rear tire.

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